The Green Bay Packers drafted 13 players in the 2023 NFL Draft and signed 12 undrafted free agents. With a pool of 25 rookies, it stands to reason that at least one of them will end up making big contributions to the team this year. Last season, Christian Watson scored nine total touchdowns on offense and Quay Walker had 121 total tackles and three forced fumbles on defense. When tasked with identifying which of this year’s rookies will make the biggest impact in 2023, The Athletic‘s Matt Schneidman identified one of their new tight ends as his choice for most impactful rookie.
Green Bay Packers Tight End Luke Musgrave Chosen as Most Impactful Rookie
In the article in which beat writers from all 32 teams identified the rookie that would be most impactful on their team, Schneidman wrote:
“The Athletic’s draft analyst Dane Brugler said that based on talent alone, Luke Musgrave could end up being the best tight end to come out of this draft. The Packers entered it with two massive holes at the position without Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis on the roster. Using the second-round pick they acquired from the Jets as part of the Aaron Rodgers trade, they grabbed the dynamic Oregon State tight end who, despite playing only two games last season because of a left knee injury and never topping 304 receiving yards or one touchdown catch in a season, offers a complete skill set that has the Packers excited.
“With Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis yet to prove they can be featured pass catchers in Green Bay’s offense, Musgrave should get a chance right away to be the No. 1 tight end for new QB Jordan Love.”
The Packers have not had a tight end with the receiving and yards after catch capabilities Musgrave possesses since JerMichael Finley played for them in the early 2010s. If Musgrave can stay healthy, he will indeed be one of the most efficient tight ends in the NFL from a receiving standpoint.
This is due to the belief that, now that Aaron Rodgers is out of Green Bay, the Packers will run an offense that is more in line with what Matt LaFleur wanted to run over the last two seasons. This includes heavy emphasis on the running game and using tight ends to stretch the field.
Musgrave could not have fallen to a better situation because if he remains healthy, he is going to put up BIG numbers.
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